Silence, or: The lambs

A haibun

I can’t recall ever being afraid of death, although my father’s death led me to reflect deeply upon death’s effects upon the yet living. Still, as uncomfortable as that line of thinking is, it leaves me tearful rather than fearful.

Papa’s death has also led me to think a lot about suffering. He was lucky enough to die very quickly (and unexpectedly); I don’t think he suffered when he died because he was unconscious, which is comforting. This also leaves me thinking about the alternative, which terrifies me.

Of course, suffering is hardly limited to physical pain. What if I were to become physically paralyzed and unable to speak? What if I were deprived of my ability to express myself?

denied chlorophyll
dying leaves' true tones revealed
decline in silence

d’Verse ‘Haibun Monday’

Theme: ‘Fear’

At d’Verse, poets were challenged to write haibuns with the theme of ‘fear’.


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Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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66 thoughts on “Silence, or: The lambs”

  1. This made me think that we can suffer and die multiple deaths throughout our lifetime, from numerous things (emotionally). We suffer, let the idealistic ideas we had die, and transform. It is both sad and beautiful. Great write! 💓

      1. Interesting! Thanks for sharing the link.

        I think people are the opposite of leaves though. When I saw my grandmother in hospice, I didn’t feel like I was seeing her true self. Her true self was revealed when she was healthy enough to share the best aspects of her personality and character with friends and family.

          1. Well, I wasn’t sure at first if the haiku part of your haibun was meant metaphorically or literally. I assumed metaphorically. I can see how metaphorically it could be true, although I haven’t seen this in my experience

      1. Continue doing what your doing am so inspired it’s like a artist with new paint masterpiece that can’t get old but just being aunthentic and rich

  2. This haibun was nice…. made me rethink my thoughts of death, which I consider just another experience, even if it’ll end my experience of life. But yeah, we shouldn’t think of death now, and live life to the fullest, and when our time comes, we can pray it be a painless exit from the world of the living. 😀

  3. I feel sorry that you lost your Dad David but he is blessed to go silently in the unconscious state ! Meantime,let’s not think about death and it’s pain and make up our mind to accept as it comes !!

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